As y’all know and have heard to death, at least from our end, we were awarded a National Institute Honor Design Award this year for the Anthony Nak Jewelry Flagship Store by the American Institute of Architects
Ok, so we went to Boston and picked up the thing.
We were the only Texans at the design awards, but MJ made sure he was wearing his boots.
This project has won almost every award I can think of so, although the National was a surprise, it didn’t surprise me as much as you’d think… Nevertheless, out of curiosity, I went and researched a bit to see how rare this really was for Austin and wow, as far as I could find here, or here there have only been three other projects in Austin, TX ever awarded a national AIA award… it’s really kinda freaky, actually, they are:
– Lake Austin Residence by Lake | Flato Architects, Inc., San Antonio, 2005 (hopefully this one is still standing)
– Anthony Nak Flagship Store, by yours truly, M. J. Neal Architects, 2008
That is not a lot of projects for a whole CITY, F-O-U-R??? It just doesn’t sound right to me… C’mon guys the work in Austin is GOOD, I’m I missing something? Texas architects in general fared a tad better, but besides Lake Flato, not so well, actually…
MJ still can’t believe it, but it’s real, I got in on camera! Slide show to follow, surprise, surprise!
Boston is now officially one of my favorite US cities, and they do have the best fish!!! We had lobster at the no name restaurant one rainy night after enjoying an afternoon at the ICA.
The most wonderful thing about Boston was seeing Reese Schroeder, one of mj’s oldest and best friends. In the slide show you’ll see us at the opening of the Apple store where strangely and appropriately, we ended up celebrating the win after a dinner at Aquitaine that knocked our socks off. We enjoyed the Metropolis as well, and manager Tim is just too cute!
On the slide show, you’ll find also some pics of the only Corbu building in the USA at Harvard and the Office da’s McAllen building (worth the walk.) plus some bonus material!
We stayed at the Clarendon Square and I HIGHLY recommend the place, quiet, flawless, beautiful, comfortable, it’s all that and more!
On with the show!
(most pics by Viviane Vives (Who doesn’t mind shooting for hire email vvvATbarcelonafilmsDOTcom) some by MJ Neal, AIA and some by Reese Schroeder, AIA. All rights reserved)
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4 thoughts on “Picking up the National, Loving Boston”
GREAT JOB AND WELL DESERVED W/ THAT BEAUTIFUL INTERIOR! DWELL SHOOT WAS AWESOME @ THE FARLEY STUDIO! THANKS MJ FOR ALL YOU DO!
Hello Mr. KYLE!!! How did it GO!!! I want to hear all about it and can’t wait to see the feature. MJ’s been trying trying to call you!
call us at the studio 512-419-0200
Outstanding MJ! What an honor! Kudos again for such an incredible design and work of art!…and…more than anything….congrats on all you’ve accomplished. You deserve it.
FYI: I’ve been keeping my eye on you…just waiting to see what else you pull out of that great treasure of a mind you have.